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U.N. Warns Disrupted Vaccinations Pose Deadly Threat to 80 Million Kids

The coronavirus pandemic is putting tens of millions of children's lives at risk by disrupting routine immunization programs, the World Health Organization and UNICEF said Friday.

The United Nations agencies joined forces with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to warn that the pandemic has severely disrupted vaccination programs in dozens of countries, paving the way for a deadly resurgence of preventable diseases.

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WHO Says S. America 'a New Epicenter' of COVID-19

South America has become "a new epicenter" of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.

"In a sense, South America has become a new epicenter for the disease. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases," WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan told a virtual news conference.

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Solskjaer Warns 'Personal Agendas' Will Not be Tolerated

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his players that "personal agendas" will not be tolerated as he seeks a change of culture at Old Trafford.

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U.S. Mulls 'Nuclear Option' as China Threatens Hong Kong Autonomy

The United States on Friday stepped up threats to strip Hong Kong of special trading privileges as it led Western nations in anger over China's brazen assault on the territory's autonomy.

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Planned Egypt 'Coronavirus Tax' Sparks Online Criticism

Egypt's cabinet has preliminarily approved a bill that taxes one percent of citizens' salaries to cushion the impact of coronavirus on strained government finances, sparking online criticism.

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China Draws Western Rebuke over Move to Tighten Grip on Hong Kong

China drew Western condemnation on Friday over plans for a national security law to quash Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement as it opened an annual congress that also laid bare the "immense" economic challenges caused by the coronavirus.

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Watford's Kabasele Calls June 12 Premier League Return 'Impossible'

Watford defender Christian Kabasele says restarting the Premier League on June 12 would be "impossible" because it would put players at risk of injury.

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U.S. Forecasters Predict 'Above Normal' Atlantic Hurricane Season

U.S. forecasters have predicted an "above normal" Atlantic hurricane season and emergency officials said they were factoring the coronavirus pandemic into potential relief efforts.

Neil Jacobs, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said there was a 60 percent chance the season would be "above normal," with the possibility of three to six major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.

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Olympics Official Sees 'Real Problems' in Holding Games in 2021

A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces "real problems", with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus.

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Pakistan Passenger Plane Crashes in Residential Area

A Pakistan passenger plane with more than 100 people believed to be on board crashed in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, the country's aviation authority said.

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